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How to Use Old Maps & City Directories to Research House History
See how our genealogy expert used old maps and city directories to trace the history of a 19th-century home—even though the street name, address, and city and county had all changed over time.
When a friend moved into an old Victorian-era house in Denver, he wanted to learn its history: When was it built? Who lived there? What was the neighborhood like? It couldn’t be that hard to figure out, right? My interest in genealogy and maps came in handy. It turns out that the street name, address, city and county had all changed, while the house itself—as you’d expect—remained in the very same spot. Here’s how I sorted it all out.
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